New Year’s resolution calls for return to the wild

Christmas on a Tuesday gave hikers a perfect mid-week break and a chance to enjoy the beautiful Conejo/Las Virgenes outdoors before heading back to work. While many local trails officially remain closed due to the Woolsey fire—there are signs that say so—ardent hikers who refuse to be denied have returned to the local mountains seeking fresh air and exercise. It’s […]

Soccer season ends on high note

White Oak kids give back

THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON—Students in Sheri Kavanagh’s second-grade class at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village show off artwork from their 18th annual Giving Back to the Community program. The kids made centerpieces and personalized door decorations for clients at the United Cerebral Palsy homes in Westlake Village. This year’s theme was “An Old-fashioned Christmas.” The centerpieces were […]


Pet of the week

BLACK BEAUTY—Nala is very friendly and seeks behind-the-ear and cheek rubs from humans. She is the top cat at Habikat and should be introduced slowly to other cats when in her new home. Meet Nala, ID No. 5231302 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets may have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal […]

Home for Hanukkah

Have faith

I have been reading the Roots of Faith columns by Sally Carpenter now for a couple of years. Thank you so much. Each column has moved, inspired, renewed or energized me. Each column has been a gift from the writer’s spirit to mine. Please continue to give away this gift you have to me and others. God bless you. Chuck […]

No strings attached to white-tailed kite

There’s a dual meaning to “kite flying.” In one instance, there’s a spool of string involved, some construction savvy, choosing a really cool-looking design and chancing upon ideal conditions such as a particularly buoyant breeze. Don’t forget to add a long showy tail to dance in the wind. In the other instance, you happen to actually be a kite, specifically, […]

One in a billion

Keshmeshian is one of the best freshmen in the U.S.

There are a billion shooting stars. But there’s only one Kayla Keshmeshian. The freshman guard for the Viewpoint High girls’ basketball team rains jumpers like meteor showers at the dawn of the universe. The Westlake resident is one of the best players in Acorn country . . . and she’s one of the best rookies in the United States. Keshmeshian, […]

Headline in poor taste

I was offended by the headline “Woman goes to bat in domestic violence case.” According to the dictionary, for those who do not know the phrase, to go to bat for someone means “to support someone when the person needs help.” This story is about a woman who is accused of attacking a man with a baseball bat while he […]